Great Arkansas Cleanup set for September & October

Annual statewide campaign promotes litter-pickup across state

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 5, 2015) – Each year, thousands of Arkansans volunteer to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), a Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) initiative. This year’s fall litter-pickup campaign will begin Sept. 12 and continue ­­through Oct. 31.

All Arkansans are encouraged to get involved in this effort focused on improving the environmental quality and standard of living in communities across the state. Last year’s GAC featured 132 local events across the state involving nearly 16,000 Arkansans who picked up more than 190,000 pounds of litter from roughly 1,700 miles of roadway and waterway.

“Together we can build and sustain clean and green communities across Arkansas,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “We encourage all Arkansans to participate in a local Great Arkansas Cleanup event.”

Those who would like to coordinate an event in their community or volunteer for a local event can visit, email or call toll-free 888-742-8701.

Once a community signs on to host a Great Arkansas Cleanup event, Keep Arkansas Beautiful will help organize and publicize the event. KAB can also provide cleanup materials and supplies, such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and safety vests to volunteers.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup
The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 45 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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